Call for Papers for special issue: Traumatic Loss: Mental Health consequences and implications for treatment and prevention European Journal of Psychotraumatology

European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Traumatic loss refers to the loss of loved ones in the context of potentially traumatizing circumstances. Examples are losses due to homicide, suicide, accidents, and natural disasters, and losses in the context of war and terror. Traumatic loss may give rise to psychopathology including persistent complex bereavement disorder (also termed prolonged grief), posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression. At the same time, many people are resilient in the face of traumatic loss. 

This special issue seeks to provide state-of-the-art-research that enhances our understanding of consequences of traumatic loss and can inform psychosocial care, ranging from public health to specialized treatment.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology and its guest editors invite original research papers (qualitative and quantitative), review articles, research articles, and clinical practice articles on the following topics:

  • Phenomenology, correlates, prevention, and treatment of psychopathology after traumatic loss;
  • Resilient responses to traumatic loss;
  • Traumatic loss in the context of humanitarian crises and international mental health;
  • Specific groups, including relatives of missing persons, victims of terror;
  • Traumatic loss across the lifespan (children, elderly)
  • Cultural differences in dealing with traumatic loss
  • Neurobiological sequelae of traumatic loss

How to submit 
Please go to the website of the journal, read the author instructions carefully and then click the green Submit an Article button and follow the instructions. The section to select is “Special Issue Traumatic Loss”.

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology is an open access Journal, and authors retain full copyright over their work. For this special issue, regular publication fees apply; please see our site for details.

Timeline: The submission deadline is 15 October 2017. A first round of reviews is expected at about 3 weeks after submission.

Guest editors: 
Paul A. Boelen, Department of Clinical Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Diemen, The Netherlands
Geert E. Smid, Foundation Centrum ’45/Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Diemen, The Netherlands

For inquiries about this call regarding European Journal of Psychotraumatology, please contact Professor Miranda Olff, Chief Editor, at or Professor Paul Boelen at

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